Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

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First-Year Admissions

The Nittany Lion in front of the Schreyer Honors College sign

The first step in applying to the Schreyer Honors College is to complete and submit the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Application. You'll find a link to the Schreyer Honors College application through the general Penn State application.

The SHC admissions application includes:

  • Three required essay questions
  • Five short answer questions about your leadership experiences, academic honors, etc.
  • Online recommendations from two teachers
  • Your high school transcript (only one copy sent to Undergraduate Admissions is necessary)
  • An additional $35 application fee (if you have a financial need fee waiver for the Penn State application, your fee will be waived automatically for the SHC application)

Standardized test scores are not evaluated for the SHC application, but you will need them for the general Penn State application. Due to the variety of grading scales, the Schreyer Honors College does not set a minimum grade point average for its applicants.

It has long been the practice of Schreyer Honors College not to consider standardized test scores and high school GPAs because neither are accurate predictors of a student's success in the SHC.

Selection Criteria

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will evaluate your credentials for admission to the university, and a Faculty Selection Committee will review your Honors College application. These decisions are made independently of each other.

The Honors College application evaluation includes:

  • A transcript review, which includes the academic profile of your high school
  • An assessment of the three required written essays
  • An assessment of the short answer question responses
  • A reading of the letters of recommendation
  • An optional interview (see below)

For the written components, you should simply strive to write well. Clearly outline your ideas or positions. Share what you think (not what you think others want to read). Fill in the blanks. Help us get to know you. And, most importantly, be honest.

Optional Interview

If we receive your application by November 30th, you will be invited to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process.

Our goal is for you to have a comfortable conversation with one of our alumni volunteers. They are eager to meet you, learn more about your interest in Schreyer, and share with you some of their Penn State experiences.

Interview details:

  • Honors College alumni conduct interviews on specified dates in major metropolitan areas through the beginning of February.
  • If a regional interview is not scheduled in your area, arrangements may be made for you to meet with one of our alumni volunteers. The meeting will be conducted in person or through online conferencing if necessary.
  • You will be e-mailed in December about how to sign up for an interview.
  • Interviews need to be completed by early February. As this is an optional interview, your application will not be negatively impacted if you are not able to participate.
  • Every attempt will be made to accommodate all interview requests, but due to alumni availability, we cannot guarantee that every request will be honored.

Supplemental Information

If you have creative talents and/or accomplishments that you would like to share, you are welcome to submit supplemental information that will give us insight into your abilities. We do require all supplemental materials be submitted electronically at the time of application so please include links to a website where we can view your work. You may embed these links in the application where it is most appropriate; we often find the best placement to be within the short answer questions where you have the opportunity to discuss your activities and accomplishments.

Admissions Timeline

Sep 1

Penn State/SHC Applications Available

The first day the Penn State and Schreyer Honors College applications are available to prospective students.

Nov 30

Penn State/SHC Application Priority Filing Deadline

The last day to submit your application to be eligible for an optional admissions interview.

Jan 16

SHC Application Deadline

The last day applications to the Schreyer Honors College are accepted.

Mar 13

Schreyer Decisions Released

Schreyer Honors College decisions are released in early to mid March. You will be notified of the exact date and time.

May 1

Penn State/SHC Offer Acceptance Deadline

The last date prospective students can accept their offers to Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College.

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